PRS for Music announce songwriting shortlist for Next Brit Thing

PRS for Music has announced its shortlist of nominees for the Next Brit Thing songwriting award

The competition was open to young people aged 11-19 and was supported by the UK music industry, The BRIT Awards and the Government.

PRS for Music is specifically recognising entrants to the Next Brit Thing who have submitted an original pop song or classical work as their entry. Over a thousand Next Brit Things entries were original compositions underpinning the vast creative young creative talent across the UK.

A judging panel consisting of Simon Darlow - top songwriter and musical director, Ellis Rich OBE - music publishing guru, and former Chairman of PRS for Music and British film composer Julian Nott - best known for his work in the Wallace and Gromit films, selected seven entrants to be commended.

Nominee shortlist (in no particular order)





Chloe Wilders

You Don't Know Me


Northern Ireland

Katherine Priddy


Folk, Indie


Jessica Hammond

Thinking Of You


Northern Ireland

White Psychic0s

Ever After


North England



Hip Hop, Pop, Punk

South England

The Off Beat

Don't Make The Call

Folk, Indie


Stevie-Jo Dooley


Jazz, Pop

South England

An overall winner will be awarded by PRS for Music chairman Guy Fletcher OBE at the Next Brit Thing finals on 5th March at the 02 Indigo in London. 

The winner of the PRS for Music Composition Award receives a day’s studio session with a top music producer in Strongroom Studios, Shoreditch - part of the world famous AIR Studios Group. The AIR Studios Group is the recording home for many of today's top artists including Coldplay, Muse, George Michael, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & the Machine, Patrick Wolf, Placebo and Pixie Lott. 

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About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.